I hope to do the route 66 trip from LA to Chicago by car.Has anyone got some information on places to stay on that route.
Point is, most of this doesn't exist any more as such, it's been buried under the Interstates. There is a really great section of historic 'real' route 66 in Arizona though: you move into AZ on I-40 via Needles and go as far as Topock right at the river and the state border, where you turn off to the left (north) onto historic Route 66 (sign-posted) and drive to Oatman. This is an old mining town which was eventually abandoned when it ran out. What was also abandoned where the miners’ donkeys which now live as a feral herd right in the town, which has now become a major attraction with the original old buildings housing shops and restaurants.
From there you drive over Sitgreaves Pass to Kingman – which also has some R66 buildings, stay on historic Route 66. Stop at the Hackberry General Store, then at Peach Springs, and finally at Seligman where you get back on I-40 west. Ash Fork has an R66 museum. Flagstaff also has a section designated historic R66 as does Holbrook further east on I-40. – That’s it for Arizona. Apart from Topock-Seligman, it’s mostly modern interstate, with the town having reserved some of the old buildings and having turned them into R66 shrines, so to speak.Edited: 09 April 2012, 13:59
Thanks for the info. Regards,Tony.
Thanks,will check out the websites. Regards,Tony.
The sections of Route 66 that remain are primarily in the West from LA to Amarillo TX. There is so much more to see in our country. Esty's suggestions are good for a few days in the best parts of R66. Otherwise, you might get rather tired of finding segments of an old 2-lane asphalt highway, which is many areas is very close to the modern interstates. It is especially not wothwhile to try following R66 east of Texas as it is either the interstate or requires significant detours to find.
I like old highways, but have no enthusiasm for driving on them for days when there are far more siginificant things to see.
Wow, colinaz, those are some great links! I'm bookmarking them, especially historic66.com
They made ME want to travel the Mother Road, and I can walk to a portion of it from my home in Flagstaff any time I want.
I think regardless of what is often said on these forums, the desire to experience this little slice of our history, particularly amongst Europeans, remains strong. I'm glad there are some resources to share with others that will help future travelers in their endeavors to partake of it.
Is it possible to do the 'modern' Route66 by Coach or train ,stopping at major towns/Cities along the way,starting in Chicago? Maybe giving ourselves a month to do it...
We were going to take about a month.Just wondered if its feasible to travel from place to place by coachl
@ james h: I looked on AMTRAK's route map and no routes replicate Route 66's route exactly. The Southwest Chief comes closest: it starts in Chicago IL and goes through St. Louis Missouri, but doesn't dip as far South as Joplin. In fact it skirts Oklahoma entirely and goes right through Kansas. Eventually it will swing back into New Mexico via Southeast Colorado, passing through Gallup, then in to Flagstaff AZ and on to LA. I have no idea if you'd be able to see any remnants of the old highway from the train; frankly I doubt it. And I wouldn't recommend using Greyhound to achieve this either. Long story short, sounds like the best way to experience Route 66 is in the spirit of the old highway - drive it oneself.